ADELAIDE — Police are investigating how an Adelaide woman with cerebral palsy was allowed to die in “disgusting and degrading circumstances”, and have declared her death a major crime.
They are considering her death a manslaughter.
Police say Ann-Marie Smith died on April 6 at Royal Adelaide Hospital of severe septic shock, multi-organ failure, severe pressure sores, malnutrition and issues connected with her cerebral palsy after being stuck in a cane chair for 24 hours a day in her Kensington Park home for more than a year.
The 54-year-old lived alone in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs and relied on a carer for all of her needs.
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